Researchers' data are closing in on Higgs boson particle

Jun 21, 2012
A typical candidate event including two high-energy photons whose energy (depicted by dashed yellow lines and red towers) is measured in the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter. The yellow lines are the measured tracks of other particles produced in the collision. Image: CERN

Scientists at the world's largest atom smasher say they have reams of new data that will reveal with greater certainty whether they have already glimpsed a long-sought theoretical particle that could help explain the origins of the universe.

A spokesman for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, told The Associated Press on Thursday that scientists will release the new data early next month at a physics conference in Australia.

James Gillies said the hunt for the presumed is advancing in great secrecy because as researchers pore over the data "it's not yet clear exactly what they're seeing in it."

The particle's existence is theorized under the main particle physics theory that explains the Big Bang, and finding it would be considered an enormous scientific breakthrough.

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elektron
3 / 5 (2) Jun 21, 2012
It's Hawking's £100 that make this interesting.
Terriva
2 / 5 (4) Jun 21, 2012
The main problem of LHC boson is, it doesn't look like the Higgs boson...
hemitite
not rated yet Jun 21, 2012
Terriva,

Is the vertical line with the yellow shading where the Standard Mod Higgs critter is supposed to live?
hemitite
not rated yet Jun 21, 2012
Sorry, I should have had that shading blue.
Terriva
2 / 5 (4) Jun 21, 2012
Is the vertical line with the blue shading where the Standard Mod Higgs critter is supposed to live?
Yes. Standard Model Higgs contributes to the mass of W/Z bosons, which decay into mesons and another massive particles. The Higgs particle couples to all fermions proportional to their mass so the coupling to a pair of top quarks should be far the strongest. But now it seems, that the Higgs boson manifest itself mostly during symmetric decays leading into pair of massless gamma ray photons and gluons, i.e. with indirect decay channels through loop diagrams.
vacuum-mechanics
1 / 5 (6) Jun 21, 2012
By the way, what more interesting is about Higgs field which give rise to Higgs boson (particle); what is it, how could we find it? May be this unconventional view could give some hint.
http://www.vacuum...mid=9=en
Torbjorn_Larsson_OM
1 / 5 (1) Jun 21, 2012
The Standard Model really don't say much on the Standard Cosmology until nucleosynthesis. The inflaton field isn't inside, matter-antimatter symmetry breaking may rely on the neutrinos outside, dark energy may be vacuum energy but not the naive SM result, dark matter is outside, the graviton is outside. (As is what gives the Higgs itself mass.)
A2G
not rated yet Jun 22, 2012
What I really like about how they are doing things at the LHC is the open way in which data is shared. They are allowing for someone else to come up with the "answer" and actually seem to be open to that idea. Very admirable.

As for the Higgs boson. I am betting against it. I think there is another answer that will pull it all together (literally) and that answer is probably in the data they have already collected in this very ambitious and amazing project.

This was a very good use of research money in my opinion.

Cheers to all who have contributed to the LHC.
NMvoiceofreason
not rated yet Jun 22, 2012
"The particle's existence is theorized under the main particle physics theory that explains the Big Bang, and finding it would be considered an enormous scientific breakthrough."

NOT finding it would be an even bigger scientific breakthrough. Sometimes we advance science the most when we provide negative evidence for pet theories, forcing new ones to be formed.